Twitch Updates Policy to Ban Terrorism and Extremism Content

  • Twitch has updated its community guidelines, the rules that govern the site, to clarify its ban of terrorist and extremist content
  • Twitch’s guidelines now state that it does not allow content that depicts, glorifies, encourages, or supports terrorism, or violent extremist actors or acts
  • This includes threatening to or encouraging others to commit acts that would result in serious physical harm to groups of people or significant property destruction
  • Users can not display or link terrorist or extremist propaganda, including graphic pictures or footage of terrorist or extremist violence, even for the purposes of denouncing such content
  • This is the latest attempt by Twitch to stop racist, sexist, and/or anti LGBTQ+ rhetoric following complaints from several famous streamers

Instagram Celebrates its 10th Birthday  

  • Instagram is celebrating its tenth birthday today. The photo-sharing app first hit the App Store on 6th October 2010, a few months after the release of the iPhone 4
  • To celebrate, Instagram has added an easter egg to the app that lets you change its home screen icon
  • The available icons include the classic Polaroid-style camera designs that were used for more than five years, as well as themed variations on the current logo, including Pride rainbow colours and monochrome options. The app update also includes another feature: a private map and archive of your stories from the past three years
  • To access the new icons, go to the settings within the app and do a long swipe down on the screen to reveal some emojis.  Once you’ve swiped down far enough, the icons will be unlocked and you’ll see a message from Instagram

YouTube Removes Tweet Mocking Long Video Creators

  • YouTube has apologised and deleted a tweet from its official Twitter account in which it mocked content creators for making videos that were too long
  • Under its own rules, adverts can be placed in the middle of videos at least eight minutes long only – shortened in July 2020 from a 10-minute minimum, which means content creators can make more money by making longer videos
  • YouTubers can also start monetising their videos only once they have racked up 4,000 hours of watch time
  • In the tweet, posted on Saturday afternoon but removed within a couple of hours, YouTube mocked “creators” who “after talking for 15 minutes” would say: “‘All right, let’s jump straight into the video.'”
  • In a follow-up tweet to its 72 million followers, the platform said the original had been posted in “good faith… but we missed the mark and did not reflect the spirit of the creator community”

MPs Urged to Back Bill to Stop Child Marriage 

  • The UK is undermining its international efforts to end child marriage because an exception to the law in England and Wales that allows 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent is putting children at risk, parliament will be told today
  • Pauline Latham MP will ask the House to back a Bill criminalising child marriage and civil partnership before the age of 18 and will argue that current legislation is at odds with the legal requirement since 2013 for young people to remain in education or training until then
  • She told the Guardian that banning marriage with parental consent would protect young people from being coerced into early marriage – after being groomed or because they lack the will or capacity to report a forced marriage
  • Official figures of those marrying at 16 and 17 in England and Wales have fallen steadily over the years, with 43 teenage boys and 140 teenage girls marrying with parental consent in 2017. Scottish law allows marriage from age 16 without parental consent, but numbers are low, with just 118 16-19-year-olds marrying in 2019